Grape Collective discusses organic and biodynamic viticulture with Robert Eden at Château Maris.
Grape Collective talks to Jeff Beckmen about the history of the estate, the grapes he cultivates, and biodynamic farming in the Santa Ynez Valley.
- "Alsatian wine is very interesting because we have a lot of different grapes and different styles. Sometimes it's a problem, because it's really complex for a client to understand the different grapes, different styles, different residual sugar levels." -Samuel Tottoli
- Certification protects the consumer from dubious marketing claims (clean wine), as well as importers who are reliant on the honesty of their producers but does it go far enough? The next task must be a social contract between winery owners and their staff and communities for fair working conditions.
- Gernot and Heike Heinrich have fully embraced biodynamics, amphora, and skin ferments as ways of expressing "sense of place" in their corner of Burgenland, Austria.
- "Well, the three pillars of biodynamics, the main thing is you're trying to make every single vineyard of farm a self-sustaining living organism, and what that means is you're trying to minimize inputs." Monty Waldin
- "With biodynamic you have a closed cycle. We work with five or six cow farms who are dedicated and provide compost specific for our biodynamic growers." Camillo Zulli, Cantina Orsogna
- RAW WINE fairs are returning to North America in November! This is your chance to meet, taste and learn from the people and bottles that in many ways define our cultural moment in wine.
- Long-range thinking, healthy soils, biodynamics and diversity are key.